FIFA circulars no. 1464 (TPO) and 1468

FIFA circulars no. 1464 (TPO) and 1468

Two circulars were recently published by FIFA.

Circular no. 1464 was released on 22 December 2014. It is related to Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, and deals specifically with third-party ownership of players’ economic rights (“TPO”).

On the occasion of its meeting on 25 and 26 September 2014, the FIFA Executive Committee passed a decision of general principle on the regulatory approach of a ban on TPO with a transitional period. At its meeting held on 18 and 19 December 2014, the FIFA Executive Committee approved new provisions to be included in the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players concerning TPO as well as third-party influence on clubs.

Article 18bis was amended and article 18ter was created. They came into force on 1 January 2015.

As regards third-party influence on clubs, the text of article 18bis of the Regulations was only slightly amended.

The new article 18ter contains the interdiction for clubs and players to enter into agreements with third parties, whereby the third party is being entitled to participate in compensation payable in relation to the future transfer of a player, or is being assigned any rights in relation to a future transfer or transfer compensation. This interdiction is to come into force on 1 May 2015.

Agreements covered by the ban which predate 1 May 2015 may continue to be in place until their ordinary contractual expiration. However, the validity of new agreements covered by the pertinent prohibition that are signed between 1 January and 30 April 2015 may not have a contractual duration of more than one year beyond the date of them being signed.

 

Circular no. 1468 was published on 23 January 2015. It deals with several amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players as well as to the Rules Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status and Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber, which were approved by the FIFA Executive Committee and which will come into force on 1 March 2015 and 1 April 2015 respectively.

Among the amendments coming into force on 1 March 2005, the following points should be highlighted:

- Article 9 par. 4: in order to strengthen the protection of minors and due to the increased number of international transfers of players younger than 12, the FIFA Executive Committee approved a reduction in the age limit for which an international transfer certificate (ITC) is required to the age of 10.

- New article 12bis: this is certainly the most important addition to the Regulations. All member associations are urged to make sure of its affiliated clubs are made aware of this new article. This new article aims at establishing a stronger system with regard to overdue payables (towards players and clubs) and to ensure that clubs comply with their financial contractual obligations. In this respect, the Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Players’ Status Committee will have a wide scope of discretion when imposing sporting sanctions.

In view of the new Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, which will come into force on 1 April 2015, the FIFA Executive Committee, on the occasion of its meeting on 20 and 21 March 2014, approved several amendments to the Regulations and the Procedural Rules, which were required in order to bring the relevant texts in line with the aforementioned new Regulations. They therefore mainly concern formal adaptations. 

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